From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

January 17, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Last week, this column dealt with the subject of the sacrament of Baptism. This foundational sacrament, necessary for salvation, brings us into the life of the Church, opens us to the grace of God available in the other sacraments, washes us free of original sin, and bestows on us our true identity as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. We saw last week how important it is to make planning and preparing for baptism (especially of children) a priority, and how the administration of baptism should not be delayed unnecessarily. An important…read more

January 10, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today’s celebration of the feast of the Baptism of our Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. On this day, the Church meditates on the ending of Jesus’ hidden life, and looks forward to the beginnings of His public ministry to the world. The Church also presents the event of Jesus’ baptism as the reason behind the Sacrament of Baptism which we received in infancy, or in some cases, as adults. In this first Christian sacrament, this gateway into the life of grace, God takes simple acts and simple elements, and uses them…read more

January 3, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have made no secret of my preference to celebrate feast days on their proper calendar days, rather than moving them to a nearby Sunday. This weekend, we mark the liturgical celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord. Normally, though, Epiphany ought to be celebrated on January 6. For some reason, in the United States, this crowning of the Christmas celebrations is transferred to the Sunday after the solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. Of course, transferring the feast deprives us of the full twelve days of Christmas! January 6 is the twelfth…read more

December 27, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The feast of the Holy Family which we mark today holds a special relevance for us in this year dedicated to St. Joseph. On December 8, which this year was the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as universal patron of the Church, Pope Francis declared a year dedicated to St. Joseph, to end Dec. 8, 2021. Early bulletin printing times for Christmas meant that I had written most of my bulletin columns for the month of December prior to Dec. 8. This is my first chance to write since…read more

December 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As I write this note, we are not quite at the half-way point of Advent. Early bulletin printing deadlines mean looking a few weeks ahead and anticipating elements of this liturgical season somewhat earlier than normal. This year, though, I find myself very eager for this fourth week of Advent, eager for the celebrations of Christmas. In part, I am eager because this is such a strange time in which to celebrate. The restrictions we observe in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy seem to collide with the desire of so…read more